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The term World Ocean refers to the interconnected system of the planet Earth's marine waters. The words Ocean and also Sea can be used synonymously. The world ocean is subdivided into the Atlantic Ocean, the Indian Ocean, the Pacific Ocean, the Arctic Ocean, and the Southern Ocean. Earth (often referred to as The Earth) is the third planet in the solar system in terms of distance from the Sun, and the fifth in order of size. ... Marine is an umbrella term for things relating to the ocean, as with Marine biology, Marine geology, and as a term for a navy, etc. ... Water (from the Old English waeter; c. ...

The Arctic Ocean, the smallest of the five, is spread around the North Pole, touching North America in the Western hemisphere and Scandinavia and Asia in the Eastern hemisphere. the Southern Ocean, the second smallest, encircles the Antarctic and its peripheral islands. Both, particularly the former, are partially covered in sea ice, the extent of which varies according to the season. The Atlantic Ocean, the second largest, extends from the Arctic Ocean to the Southern Ocean between America, Europe and Africa. The Pacific, the largest of all, also reaches from one polar ocean to the other, spanning the gap between Asia, America, Australia and Oceania. These two oceans have a short common border south of Cape Horn. The Indian Ocean connects the southeast end of the Atlantic to the southwest end of the Pacific, a connection to the Arctic Ocean is prevented by the presence of Asia. The North Pole is the northernmost point on the Earth. ... World map showing North America A satellite composite image of North America. ... The geographical western hemisphere of Earth, highlighted in yellow. ... Scandinavia is a region in Northern Europe named after the Scandinavian Peninsula. ... World map showing the location of Asia. ... Ä…Link title // Headline text Headline text Headline text Headline text Headline text Media:Example. ... Greek ἀνταρκτικός, opposite the arctic) is a continent surrounding the Earths South Pole. ... An icebreaker navigates through young (1 year) sea ice Sea ice is formed from ocean water that freezes. ... America is usually meant as either: the Americas, the lands of the Western hemisphere, usually subdivided into North America and South America the United States of America See also: Americas (terminology) and Use of the word American. ... World map showing Europe Political map Europe is one of the seven continents of Earth which, in this case, is more a cultural and political distinction than a physiographic one, leading to various perspectives about Europes borders. ... Africa is the worlds second-largest and second-most populous continent, after Asia. ... Oceania is a geographical, often geopolitical, region consisting of numerous lands – mostly islands but often including Australia – in the Pacific Ocean and vicinity. ... Cape Horn from the South. ...

The World Ocean's approximate shape can, for most purposes, be assumed constant, although in fact it is not. Continental drift has influenced its structure ever since its existence. Portrayal of shifting continents The concept of continental drift was first proposed by Alfred Wegener. ...

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The worlds oceans as seen from the South Pacific Oceans (from Okeanos, Greek for river, the ancient Greeks noticed that a strong current flowed off Gibraltar, and assumed it was a great river) cover almost three quarters (71%) of the surface of the Earth, and nearly half of the... Sunset at sea Look up Sea in Wiktionary, the free dictionary Look up maritime in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Plate tectonics (from the Greek word for one who constructs and destroys, τεκτων, tektōn) is a theory of geology developed to explain the phenomenon of continental drift and is currently the theory accepted by the vast majority of scientists working in this area. ...

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Indian Ocean - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1566 words)
It is bounded on the north by southern Asia (the Indian subcontinent); on the west by the Arabian Peninsula and Africa; on the east by the Malay Peninsula, the Sunda Islands, and Australia; and on the south by the Southern Ocean.
It is separated from the Atlantic Ocean by the 20°east meridian south of Africa, and from the Pacific by the 147°east meridian.
The northernmost extent of the Indian Ocean is approximately 30°north latitude in the Persian Gulf.
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